“Can I still peel when pregnant?” A question we often get asked at Dr. Dennis Gross, and now it’s time to debunk any myths. We talk to pro-peeler and mom Derenisse Infante, our star Account Executive in New York City, where she sheds light on shaping an ideal skincare regimen for expecting moms, with the health of her pending newborn in mind.
What are the main ingredients a pregnant woman should look for and embrace?
Pregnant women should absolutely embrace acids! We need to keep up our anti-aging efforts when the little person arrives, and beyond. No need to ditch what is so good for you, and what is safe for you. Our skin is in such a whirlwind with hormonal changes, and keeping your skin flawless can become a challenge. The hero that is Hyaluronic Acid was (and still is) my hydration BFF, and it will keep your skin feeling plump, hydrated and balanced.
What are the formulations she should avoid?
As always, ask your doctor what you should avoid! My obstetrician stated that unless it came directly as a prescription from a dermatologist, there is really nothing that will get into the placenta and harm the baby. But if I wanted to be absolutely safe to steer clear of prescription-grade retinol, heavy glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Dr. Dennis Gross products will never have an adverse effect on the precious gift you are carrying, and we offer plenty of skincare options that are totally safe to use.
Do you see many myths or taboos around what women can or can’t use whilst pregnant?
I’ve heard time and time again that you cannot use peels while pregnant! Which would have made me so sad if it were true! Peels are totally safe. If you really want a beautiful glow, the mildest option is our Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Peel (which is devoid of all of the things you do not want on your skin) and it can be used every morning! Or night, if you prefer.
Does skin change during the pregnancy experience?
The change can be so drastic, and there are so many myths around this change. Some women gain that “pregnancy glow”, others go back to their “teenage” skin all over again. Some may even experience a “grey cast” because of the ever-changing hormonal balance we experience. Everyone will have a different experience, which is why its essential to speak to your doctor and dermatologist to determine what would be best to feed your skin during the miracle moment.
What was your skin experience when pregnant?
My skin was very cooperative (an old wives’ tale says it’s because I was having a boy… haha!). So I didn’t make many changes to my regimen (thank you Isaiah!)
And, how did you tailor your skincare regimen to suit your skin’s needs?
I steamed more frequently, because it felt awesome and I knew it would be a few months before I could do it again!
Can you recommend at top line AM + PM regimen for a pregnant woman?
Absolutely! I recommend the following for morning and night:
- All In One Cleanser With Toner
- Alpha Beta Peel Ultra Gentle Peel
- C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum
- Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
(Plus once a week indulge in the Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel!!- treat yourself!)
Is it safe for her to peel pre, during and post pregnancy?
Of course! And, don’t worry if you were a pro peeler before you got pregnant. You and most importantly, your baby will be absolutely fine in terms of health and well-being. Also, peeling is also absolutely safe when you are breastfeeding as well.
Don’t stop using your best-ever skincare, shop now and keep that baby and skin glowing!
Disclaimer: While all of our products are safe for use during pregnancy, ingredients are derived from plants and botanicals, we recommend you still refer to your physician for proper medical advice. They will advise you as to what you should avoid during pregnancy or in light of other health concerns.